Rushville Republican

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June 17, 2014

Sports Briefs

Volleyball camp

Any girls in grades 7-12 interested in volleyball are welcome to attend volleyball open gym at the high school gym addition. Open gyms are held 8 to 10 a.m. on June 9, 11, 16 and 18 and from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23.

Volleyball camp for grades 7-12 will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. June 23-26 and for grades 4-6 from 1 to 3 p.m. June 23-25. Camp information can be found on the RCHS website under volleyball.

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at 54

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54.

Gwynn’s sweet left-handed swing made him one of San Diego’s best-loved athletes. He was nicknamed “Mr. Padre” during his 20-year major league career.

“For more than 30 years, Tony Gwynn was a source of universal goodwill in the national pastime, and he will be deeply missed by the many people he touched,” Commissioner Bud Selig said.

Gwynn had been on a medical leave from his job as baseball coach at San Diego State, his alma mater, since late March. Agent John Boggs said Gwynn died Monday at a hospital in suburban Poway.

Gwynn had two operations for cancer in his right cheek between August 2010 and February 2012. The second surgery was complicated, with surgeons removing a facial nerve because it was intertwined with a tumor inside his right cheek. They grafted a nerve from Gwynn’s neck to help him eventually regain facial movement.

Gwynn had said that he believed the cancer was from chewing tobacco.

In a rarity in pro sports, Gwynn spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres, choosing to stay rather than leaving for bigger paychecks elsewhere. His terrific hand-eye coordination made him one of the game’s greatest contact hitters. He had 3,141 hits, a career .338 batting average and won eight NL batting titles. He excelled at hitting singles the other way, through the “5.5 hole” between third base and shortstop.

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